Ford is recalling nearly 1.5 million Focus compact cars in North America begining on December 10 because a fuel system problem can cause the engines to stall without warning.
There were 1,282,596 vehicles affected in the United States, 136,272 in Canada and 44,521 in Mexico. The problem is a valve in the fuel system can stick in the open position, causing too much vacuum, and an engine control computer may not detect the problem. The recall covers cars from the 2012 through 2018 model years with two-litre, four-cylinder engines. Dealers will reprogram the computer with new software that will detect a stuck valve.
Ford said owners should keep the gas tank at least half full until repairs are made. The company says it's not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem. Ford is the second-largest U.S.-based automaker (behind General Motors) and the fifth-largest in the world. In 1908, Ford introduced the mass-produced Model T, which totalled millions sold over nearly 20 years. In 1927, Ford replaced the T with the Model A, the first car with safety glass in the windshield. Ford launched the first low-priced car with a V8 engine in 1932. The car maker was permanently open to innovation. Ford has had manufacturing operations worldwide, including in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, the United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, and South Africa.